A new ground satellite station has been opened in Uganda. It's at the small town?
CU Uganda flag PAN DOWN TO Africans plying large wind pipe instruments at Arua, Uganda
MCU Dancers wearing feather head-dress
MV Dancers ZOOM INTO satellite-receiving dish
MCU President Idi Amin and wife walking to stand
MV Tribal musicians
CU Amin speaking
SV PAN FROM Dish antennae TO other dish
MCU Idi Amin and son dancing
AMIN: "Let me now say a word or two about this satellite station. Its coming into being is going to link Uganda with the two different space satellites -- the one over the Indian Ocean and the other over the Atlantic Ocean. Since most of the other satellite stations in Africa are linked with either of these two space satellites Uganda is going to be in a position to communicate very easily with any of the African countries by satellite provided with facilities for satellite reception. Of course this will not be limited to African countries. We shall also be in a position to communicate with the many other countries overseas. On the domestic side we will be able to link our country areas with the same telecommunications system in and around Kampala."
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Background: A new ground satellite station has been opened in Uganda. It's at the small town of Arua, near the Sudan/Zaire border, and is the first of four such stations planed for Uganda. Its opening on Monday (7 November) was celebrated by the local people.
SYNOPSIS: Uganda's flag was flying and an impressive line-up of entertainment had been laid on for the occasion.
Dancers from various tribes performed traditional steps to welcome guests at the ceremony. Among them were members of the Kakwa tribe, the tribe of Uganda's President Idi Amin.
President Amin arrived to perform the official opening with his wife Sarah. Their arrival was heralded by music from tribal musicians, playing a variety of instruments.
These are the dish antennae which will be used for the new satellite communications system.
The station has facilities for radio, television, telephone and telex transmissions -- and its opening obviously pleased President Amin, who celebrated in a dance with his son Moses.